Using Twitter to Sharpen Your Writing

I starting using Twitter, a micro-blogging service where users post 140-character updates, about a month or so ago.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned through Twitter, it’s the importance of keeping your sentences compact.

For a writer this is an incredibly useful exercise–trimming the fat from otherwise bloated sentences.

Stronger verbs, effective punctuation, and meaningful metaphors: all are front and center for Twitter users.

In fact, I eliminated many unnecessary words from this post by keeping each line to 140 characters.

Whether using Twitter to keep in touch with friends, businesses, clients, or publications, it’s a fun new media tool.

And if you want to sharpen your writing, it’s a good way to strengthen your writing.